June 30, 2017

If Multitasking, You Do It Like Musicians.

If multitasking capability really exists, musicians must be the best multitaskers. Take, for example, the organ player in the Finale of the Symphony No. 3 from the French composer Camille Saint-Saens. He uses all his four limbs to play music on five keyboards – at the […]
June 22, 2017

How To Turn Your Music Practicing Into A Fun Experience

Making and playing music, or musicking, has become activity almost exclusive to properly educated specialists, also known as professional musicians. To prove the point, let me ask you a question: When was the last time you made a completely free choice to listen to some amateur […]
June 14, 2017

Why You Should Not Forget Your Music Education

Stress is damaging still younger and younger people. Now even teenagers. Average age in onset of depression is 13; it used to be 42! This interesting information presented neuropsychologist Dr. William R. Stixrud at the seminar on Transcendental Mediation organized by the David Lynch Foundation. He […]
May 31, 2017

You Are Creative! Or Do You “Give a Shit”?

“Why don’t people give a shit anymore?” … about creative people. This is the question the author is asking in the article with the same name – I added only the ‘victim’. And the truth is that my opinion had been very similar some time ago. […]
May 24, 2017

Allow Yourself To Be An Amateur Musician

I was reading recently an article G.K. Chesterton: In Defense of Amateurs from Charles Chu. It is interesting reading especially when considering that Musicably is about amateur musicking. At the same time it is quite telling, that although the article analyzes what an amateur is, in […]
May 17, 2017

“Eat” Your Way to Celebrity

Imagine the following situation. It is Saturday evening. You are well rested and with high expectations preparing for a popular program on the television. The best food and drinks will be served and eaten in your favorite show. The prettiest and the most popular eaters will […]
May 9, 2017

Why Music (Education) Matters

A YouTube algorithm delivered an interesting video to my computer screen. Colored only in black&white it looks depressing, even morbid. Actually it is not a video, because all what you can see for six minutes are three words – Why Music Matters. What you can hear […]
May 2, 2017

How to Persuade You to Start Musicking?

Recently I finished reading the book Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade from renowned psychologist Robert Cialdini. His specialty is persuasion and marketing. In the book he writes also about the research program designed to answer the question “What is language principally for?” Cialdini […]
April 25, 2017

This is NOT the ’50 Shades of Classical Music’ book

Instrumental by James Rhodes Shocking and terrifying book about music. And life. I have read many books about music. I am a musicologist after all, so reading about music has been a requirement and also my passion. But never before happened, that I just couldn’t continue […]